Tender pink peony, 1917
TENDER PINK PEONY
Oil on hardboard
22 x 25 cm
This peony, which at first glance appears simple, shows the comprehensive stylistic pluralism in André Evard’s œuvre, which includes and even combines powerful colours, delicate, representational and concrete-constructive art.
Here he sets the pale pink peonies in a strong contrast to the black monochrome background, which was applied with a clearly visible, thick brushstroke. The vase with the flowers is placed centrally on a column, in the same shades as the flowers, which is set off in steps and decorated with a border.
Evard succeeds here in harmoniously combining contrasting colour combinations such as green and red by tinting them in pastel shades and yet creates exciting contrasts when he places the scene against a dark background.